A separate bootable partition to flash bios?
This really isn't directly a Linux question, but I thought it might appeal more to Linux users. I just installed Debian on my M10000, while partitioning, I had this idea for bios flashing. I left a 10MB partition, and I was planning on installing freedos or something, then making that a boot target in grub.
Here's the problem:
I don't have a floppy, buying one for BIOS flashing seems silly. Of course, I can make a CD out of a bootable floppy image. The problem is that I don't know how to add awdflash.exe and *.BIN (the new bios file) to these bootable images. So, I would be smart and leave the .BIN and flash exe on the hard drive. Of course, I boot from my Dr DOS (or whatever) mini boot CD and it can't read the NTFS ot ext3 partition where my awdflash and .bin files are.
So, I thought of leaving a small fat16 or fat32 partition as a dropbox for bios flashing. Well, if I'm going to do that, it seems the better thing to do is to actually be able to boot Dr-DOS or FreeDOS or something from that little partition.
Has anyone done this? I tried to boot the FreeDOS installation disc, but it complained it couldn't find a partition to install on. (I've got 3 primary partitions, 1 is ext3, 2 is fat16, 3 is swap). It doesn't have to be DOS, just some stripped down OS whose filesystem I can read from Linux and which has free programs for flashing the BIOS on the EPIA M motherboards.